Sleepover With the Hippos: Safari

Day 12 & 13 - Safari

Making history with the first ever light show in Chilinza village called for a celebration. So today, we piled 38 people into a tiny yellow bus and drove 5 hours to Mvuu Safari Camp. Five hours ended up being more like eight after the bus broke down, but we still made it eventually.

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The camp was spectacular. We each stayed in these beautiful huts lining a river filled with wildlife. As I slept I could literally hear hippos calling outside my door. We were maybe only 50 feet from them. My adrenaline was pumping all night with a mix of fear and excitement. Yet, it was still one of the most peaceful sleeps of my life, being fully immersed in the sounds of nature like that.

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We went on two safaris- one on land and the other in the river. We saw a plethora of hipps, some elephants, crocodiles, gazelle, etc. I never thought I’d get to go on a safari so even though I didn’t see a lion attack a zebra or something drastic of that sort, it was still incredible.